Junior Rachel Caneen scored a pair of goals as the Central
Connecticut women's soccer team won its second straight game, 5-1,
over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday afternoon. With the
win the Blue Devils are now 9-5-4 overall and 6-2 in the Northeast
Conference. CCSU qualifies for its seventh straight NEC Tournament
with the victory. They return to action at Yale in non-conference
play on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Prior to the game the Blue Devils honored their three seniors, Hannah Bromley, Erin Herd and Jill Kusek, who were playing their final regular season home game on the CCSU Soccer Field.
The Blue Devils struck first just 8:40 into the first half to take the early advantage. Following a pair of shots by freshman Brittany Jackson and junior Karise Hilt that hit the cross bar, the Blue Devils took the rebound just to the left side of the goal. Junior Rachel Caneen fed Jackson in front of the goal for her third goal of the season and the 1-0 lead for the home team.
The Knights knotted the score with a penalty kick off a hand ball in the box by the Blue Devils. Rashidah Sherman scored her seventh goal of the season for the Knights at 30:58 to even the score at one.
Less than eight minutes later the Blue Devils offense struck again as the home team took a 2-1 lead. Hilt drove to the left side of the box and fed sophomore Clio Tregear in front of the goal for her sixth goal of the season and the one goal lead.
CCSU held a 10-3 advantage in shots in the first half including a 4-3 edge in shots on goal. Herd had two saves in the first half, the one goal allowed was off the penalty kick. Knight keeper Rachel Derrico also made a pair of saves before the break.
Just 30 seconds into the second half Caneen scored her seventh goal of the year to up the Blue Devil lead to 3-1. Caneen scored on a breakaway as she pulled away from the Knight defense to begin the second half.
Caneen's second goal of the game upped the lead to 4-1 in favor of the home team. She took a feed from sophomore Erica Celini to record her second multi-goal game of the season. Hilt finished the scoring when she took a corner from sophomore Beth Lloyd and scored the fifth goal of the match with under a minute to play.
The Blue Devils are in action again on Wednesday night on the road at Yale beginning at 7 p.m. They will play their final regular season game on the road on Sunday, November 2 at Quinnipiac at 1 p.m.